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There are SO many opportunities to sneak in some extra veg – like this delicious smoothie. It features red cabbage (with some peaches, mangoes, strawberries and blueberries for good measure). I topped up the blender with almond milk, a few sunflower seeds, and some cinnamon, and we were all set.
Posted in Breakfast, Food in a Hurry, Gratitude, Healthy Eating, Uncategorized, vegetables, Vegetarian
Tagged cabbage, Canada, delicious, hidden vegetables, smoothie, vegan
…or perhaps, lax-ury? This morning’s omelette is filled with a decadent mixture of asparagus, mushrooms, onion, and baby potato slices. It is tasty enough on its own, so the two thin slices of thyme and pepper gravlax on the side make it extra special. It’s more of a method than a recipe, but here’s what to do, for two:
Snap the tough ends off the asparagus and cut the good bits into 1″/2.5cm lengths. Thinly slice 1/4c or 60ml mild white onion. Add to this, 6 sliced mushrooms and 2 thinly sliced baby potatoes. Stir the whole thing together in a nonstick pan over medium heat until nicely cooked. Now, pour in three beaten eggs, and turn the heat to medium-low. Lift the edges with a spatula, letting the uncooked egg run underneath. Fold in thirds and cut in half to serve.
We bought our gravlax from De La Mer on the Danforth; look for gravlax at a good fishmonger near you.
Posted in Breakfast, Cooking, eggs, Fish, Gratitude, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Uncategorized, vegetables
Tagged brunch, De la Mer, gravlax, Toronto, weekend
We had a busy day yesterday, cleaning, organizing, walking, shopping and visiting the Gardiner Museum’s amazing porcelain collection. The best way to top off a day like that is to make a delicious but low-effort dinner together.
Here’s what we did:
Preheat oven to 400F.
In a casserole dish, place two pork chops. Ours came from our friend/neighbour/butcher, Mark. Over top, pour 1/2 c (125ml dry sherry). Thinly slice an onion and separate into rings, scattering on top of the chops. Add half a dozen capers and four roughly-chopped olives. Sprinkle with dry mustard and mace (or nutmeg, if you’re stuck). Put the lid on.
Next the potatoes. Slice 4 or 5, thinly. You will have two servings left over for tomorrow. In a glass cake pan or pie plate coated with olive oil cooking spray, arrange half the potato slices. Sprinkle with 2 t or 10ml of flour. Crack on some pepper and grate on a small amount (1 oz/30 g) strong aged cheddar. We used an amazing cave-aged one from Wookey Hole.
Layer the rest of the potato on, pour over 1/2 c or 125ml of 1% milk. Add another cracking of pepper and another ounce or so of cheese. Cover with foil, not letting foil touch the cheese. Full disclosure: another casserole would work well here, only we don’t have one!
Put both dishes in the oven for half an hour. Drink wine and chat.
Then remove the lid or foil and cook for another 15 minutes. Prep the Brussels sprouts or do what we did – use frozen. When the 15 minutes are nearly up, bring the sprouts just to the boil, covered, on top of the stove. Turn off the heat and let stand while you dish up the rest. Sprouts will be crisp-tender.
Have a lovely meal and enjoy each other’s company. Live happily ever after.
Posted in cheese, Cooking, Gratitude, Recipes, Relaxation, Uncategorized
Tagged @eatsteakandchops, easy meal ideas, heritage, pork chop recipes, tasty, Wookey Hole
The fridge is starting to look a little bare as we get ready for a cleanup and refresh. Whether it’s because you’re going away, there’s a change of season, or your cupboards and fridge just need a good sorting, it helps cut down on waste if you take one day a week to cook just with what’s on hand.
Here’s what I saw that needed to be used:
3 homemade sourdough buckwheat buns – I keep these in the freezer because with whole grains and no preservatives they spoil easily.
Sundried tomatoes in oil – bought for a recipe; I prefer the dry-packed, as they keep longer without electricity.
Green olives – good for martinis but alas, we are out of gin.
A can of tuna in water.
Kozlik’s Tripke Crunch mustard, which I love but which has, of late, been ignored in favour of Old Smokey.
Some cheese bought “off list” on last week’s market excursion and needing to be finished off.
I chopped the tomatoes and olives, mixed with the tuna and mustard, and spread this on the buns (sliced in half). Next I grated the cheese and put it on top, popping under the broiler just until melt-y.
That’s it! Another weekend use-it-up assignment complete:
Posted in cheese, Cold Day Food, Cooking, Dairy, Fish, Food in a Hurry, Gratitude, Healthy Eating, Lunch, sandwiches, Uncategorized
Tagged budget food, frugal, leftovers, real food, use it up, zero waste
Call them what you will, one of the best ways to stretch your grocery bill is to incorporate leftovers or things that need using up into your lunch.
We’re off to run a couple of errands before the Super Bowl and we were smart enough not to eat the two extra lamb chops in the grocery store package (on sale last week and held in the freezer). We broiled the lot last night and sliced the leftovers for lunch. They’re served on a bed of local baby greens and cukes, both hothouse-grown.
For the dressing:
1/4 c / 60ml homemade wine vinegar
2T / 30ml olive oil
1oz / 30g crumbled feta
1T / 15ml Dijon
1T / 15ml dried oregano or basil
6 dry-cured olives, chopped
Sprinkle on top:
1T / 15ml chopped sundried tomatoes
Posted in cheese, Cooking, Dairy, Food in a Hurry, Gratitude, Healthy Eating, Herbs, lamb, Recipes, Salad, Uncategorized, vegetables
Tagged easy, feta, lamb, leftovers, local, Ontario, salad, Superbowl
Weekends are a great time for a relaxing breakfast – but this easy oatmeal recipe takes so little effort, we often have it on weekdays, too.
Put in a microwaveable glass or ceramic casserole:
1 diced Apple
3/4 c large flake or steel cut oats
A sprinkle of cinnamon
1/2 c chopped nuts or seeds (we used hazelnuts and black sesame seeds for this version)
1-1/2 c water
No need to stir!
Microwave uncovered on high for 3 minutes, and on 50% power for 5 more minutes.
Stir and serve with maple syrup and some milk or nut milk.
Posted in Breakfast, Cold Day Food, Cooking, Fruit, Gratitude, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Uncategorized
Tagged Canada, delicious, easy, homemade, local, oatmeal, stormfood, Toronto